3 dead after shooting in Delta Twp., including 2 young children

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 09:58:20-04

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that killed a 5-year-old girl, along with a man in his 40s.

Another child, 3 years old, was rushed to the hospital and was in critical condition before dying Wednesday night, a news release said.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. Tuesday on Old River Trail in Delta Township.

A sheriff's office preliminary investigation showed the father of the children, Joseph Lechleitner, 47, shot them before killing himself.

The children were identified as Anson Zwick, 3, and his sister, Vivian Zwick, 5.

Deputies don’t believe there’s a continued threat to the public.

Detectives continue to investigate.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Delta EMS, Michigan State Police, MSU Police and the MSP Crime Lab.

No further information was immediately available.